It was announced this week that retiring Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will receive the first Red Award when the St. Louis BBWAA holds their annual dinner in January.
The prestigious honor for the retiring commissioner is named in honor of longtime St. Louis Cardinals coach Red Schoendienst. The award was created to recognize someone that has provided an invaluable service to baseball. Schoendienst will be wearing the Cardinals uniform once more next season.
The 1985 and 2014 Cardinals clubs will also be honored at the January dinner. The 2015 season marks the 30th anniversary celebration of the National League champions. There are over a dozen players that will be on hand for the dinner.
The annual dinner will be held on January 18 at the Renaissance Grand St. Louis hotel.
Other award recipients include pitcher Adam Wainwright, who will be presented J.G. Taylor Spink St. Louis Man of the Year Award. The chapter will present their Rookie of the Year awards to second baseman Kolten Wong and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi.
Recipients of the Stockton/Broeg Award for outstanding achievement in 2014 include Jhonny Peralta, Lance Lynn, Trevor Rosenthal, Jon Jay, Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter while outgoing Cardinals infielder Mark Ellis will be honored with the Darryl Kile Award. Unlike other awards, the Kile award is only voted on by the Cardinals players.
The 1985 NL champions will be honored with the Burnes Nostalgia Award. Those expected to be on hand are Ozzie Smith, Ken Dayley, Todd Worrell, Rick Horton, Vince Coleman, Andy Van Slyke, Mike Jorgensen, Tommy Herr, Willie McGee, Tom Lawless, John Tudor, Danny Cox and Tito Landrum. Hall of Famer manager Whitey Herzog is also expected to be in attendance.